Third generation Angeleno (my son was supposed to be born in Los Angeles, but the less interventionist unit was in Anaheim, so he's a Disneyland kid), not to mention I originally majored in geology in college - I tend to be analytic when quakes strike. I like to guess the amplitude and distance. It has to be awfully darn close (much sharper and jolting movement, rather than the long rolling waves of a much bigger quake farther away) to get me to feel much anxiety. The real danger is in getting caught in the tidal wave of news vans storming down on Cal Tech after a quake.
Been in CA for almost 4 weeks, have yet to feel one. Hope it stays that way. I'm hearing about all this crazy shit I'm supposed to do with my shelving and pictures. Is that really important? I don't like to work.
Heh, unless you want it all to fall on you in a quake, it's important. ;)
Welcome, by the way!
They can be easy to miss. The first time I felt one I said something like 'Wow, somebody dropped something really heavy' and everybody else at the table just smiled and said that was an earth quake.
All the ones in North Bay so far that I've experienced have been easy to miss, except for the dual-quake amplitude booster from a few years back. That one was completely obvious. They've all been very short and slightly sharp, depending on where you are, what you're in, etc. Being out in far East Bay, think you'd be mostly fine from most quake damage (just a blanket non-scientific assumption) and if needed an escape route out you're practically there already. I'm on top of a rocky hill so should be relatively okay, and my place of work is on roughly stable ground (though I think it was burnt over in the 1906 fire).
In any event, I actually think it's super-handy to have an earthquake preparedness kit.
Looks like a pretty good shake.
Yup, too much stuff hanging from the ceiling for them not to do exactly what they did. A very close mid-four is going to give you a sharp jolt that will have the rest of the LA basin yawning, and you don't immediately know if that was it or if it is just the first overture in a build-up of a much longer temblor.
Oh, and the suit color looks much better in that video....
Oh, and for anyone who isn't a native Angeleno who interpreted my comment above about growing up with quakes as a "too cool for school" comment, I should point out that hurricanes and tornadoes both freak me out. It's sort of like a horror movie, to me, as the sky gets dark and ominous, the birds are suddenly quiet, etc... I'll take the occasional temblor any day, but the ball and chain wants to stay on the East Coast.
Soon to be a major motion picture!
Haha, I looked back at page one of this 63 page epic, and I'm guessing the strength and distance of an earthquake in the first four posts.
At least you get warning for those; for hurricanes, it's days of advanced warning.
Earthquakes are "Oh, I'm just sitting at my PC playing video games AND SUDDENLY EVERYTHING IS SHAKING AND COLLAPSING."
And when you realize it only has checkpoint saves:
Just got a text from a friend down in SoCal that they just had a tumbler. Google says it’s a 5.3 2k east of La Habra.
---- happy I’m no longer living down there
Shaky here tonight. Wife felt a few small ones ~2-3 before the bigger 5.4 one shook the house for ~3-5 seconds. Another aftershock about 15m ago. All violent, jerking, shaking ones tonight - no nice rolling swells.
We totally felt that here in LA. Wacky rolling quake that seemed to last a long time. Wheeeeeeeeeee.
I’m not too far north of La Habra and it felt pretty decent sized. It did seem to go on for a long time but apparently that was a lesser aftershock.
Didn’t feel a dang thing. Nothing. Nada. Now, was that [I]relieving[/I] stress on the San Andreas or [I]adding[/I] to it?
Seems to be just an increased amount of activity up on the “ends” of the fault, which people have been thinking about for awhile, because there hadn’t been for awhile, and everything had been centered around the middle (around Lone Pine I believe), which is one of the most active places in California generally speaking. With the activity down in the LA area and the big one off of Eureka… either things are getting equalized or… it’s the beginning of a more active period.